Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced on Tuesday plans to construct a new aircraft service center at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, its first facility in Arizona. The new 225,000-square-foot facility, a more than $70 million investment, is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and will expand Gulfstream’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the Western United States. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2023.
The Arizona service center complements Gulfstream Customer Support’s growing network around the world and follows recent expansions in Savannah, Georgia; Van Nuys, California; Fort Worth, Texas; Palm Beach, Florida; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Farnborough, England. The company’s in-service fleet totals nearly 3,000 aircraft worldwide, and this latest announcement comes following the introduction of two all-new aircraft, the large-cabin Gulfstream G400 and the Gulfstream G800, the world’s longest-range business aircraft.
“In the past decade, as our fleet has grown, we have invested to create a network of modern facilities to provide our customers with outstanding service and support when and where they need it,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “How Gulfstream serves our customers is just as important to us as how our aircraft perform. The addition of our new service center in Mesa gives us an additional facility in the Western U.S. and represents our commitment to ensuring that our customers not only purchase the best in the world, they also receive the best service in the world.”
“We are thrilled Gulfstream has chosen Mesa for their sustainable Customer Support facility,” said Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. “By opening this facility, Gulfstream is coming to a state with a long and storied history with aviation. Gulfstream’s expansion further cements Arizona as a national aerospace and defense leader, bringing hundreds of skilled jobs to Mesa. My thanks go out to President Mark Burns and the entire team at Gulfstream for choosing Arizona and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.”
The new facility will include hangar space, back shops and employee and customer offices. In addition to the anticipated LEED Silver certification, Gulfstream is designing the facility with sustainable operations in mind. It will feature a fuel farm with a dedicated sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supply; low-flow plumbing fixtures; LED lighting; building management systems; and an energy-efficient HVAC system. Designers are also incorporating occupancy sensor-controlled lights, a white roof to reflect heat, native plants and low-water-demand landscaping. Gulfstream is also working with the airport authority to explore using green power from the electrical utility and installing solar panels on-site.
“The Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is an ideal location for Gulfstream’s newest MRO facility,” said Derek Zimmerman, president, Gulfstream Customer Support. “Not only is it an established airport for business aviation operators, its infrastructure and size provide a great location for both Gulfstream and our customers. The state of Arizona, the city of Mesa and the airport authority have been incredibly welcoming and supportive of our efforts to expand our service capabilities. The new facility and the job creation that will follow is great news for our customers, our employees and the community.”